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Tapas: Sensational Small Plates From Spain Paperback – May 13, 2009
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Leigh Beisch has photographed for many Chronicle cookbooks, including Holiday Baking and Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.
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One chapter explains the concept of "shop-and-serve" tapas: things you can throw together after a quick shopping trip for the right ingredients. Fried Marcona almonds or marinated olives would be a good example, or stuffed eggs. My one problem with the cookbook crops up here. I know the stuffed eggs don't take many ingredients, but it's still easier to make sure you get everything you need if those ingredients are listed out separately rather than woven into paragraphs of instruction. On the other hand, here you'll also find a cookbook technique I like: often a single recipe will include a handful of variations. For instance, the piquillos rellenos (stuffed piquillo peppers) recipe offers five different stuffings.
There's also an entire chapter for eggs, fritters, and savory pastries (yum!). There are several varieties of omelet, and ham and cheese croquettes that can easily be varied until you find your favorite combination of ingredients. There are shrimp fritters, empanadas and empanadillas with a variety of fillings, Majorcan flat bread with a couple of optional toppings.
The vegetables chapter includes the absolutely wonderful "fierce" potatoes (patatas bravas); this is one of the first fried potato recipes I've found that actually makes potatoes soft inside and crispy outside (perfect!). The sauce that goes with it is delightfully spicy, with a tart and surprising flavor. You'll find chickpeas with spinach, garlicky fried mushrooms, Andalusian style asparagus, sausage-stuffed mushrooms, and more.Read more ›
My husband and I eat a heavily vegetarian diet and there are a number of good vegetable recipes and the poultry recipes adapt well to using Qorn chik'n substitute products.
To give you an idea of how good this book is, I ordered 10 copies to give to friends as gifts after I returned from Spain because it represented so well the beautiful food we got to enjoy.
To start with, from an organizational standpoint, the titles of all of the recipes are in Spanish, with the English language equivalent appearing thereunder. Recipes continuing on more than one page are titled only in Spanish. While this is annoying in general, it is extremely disadvantageous when you come to the chapter indicies, as the English language name equivalents are very difficult to read. This affectation is nonsensical in a book otherwise written in English and intended for an English reading audience.
The choice of recipes is likewise disappointing. Tapas are suppose to be small plates, often finger-foods. A large number of these recipes are more suitable for first courses, main courses and side dishes to main meals -- anything but Tapas. Taking a general recipe and dividing it into small portions does not make it Tapas.
I own eight recipe books on the subject of Tapas. This is the one that I will use the least.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Made this a Christmas gift for a junior Chef....fun starting book for light meal ideas.Published 6 months ago by Joe M (U.S.A.)
Excellent Tapas recipes. Best tapas book I've seen. The secondhand book was like new.Published 11 months ago by Jennifer
I have tried 4 recipes from this book so far for entertaining and they all have been fabulous. My "Foodie" friends keep asking me for the recipes. A keeper book in my kitchen.Published on September 21, 2013 by Alexandra Vitale
I LOVE reading cookbooks. I like the insights they provide to other cultures. I like looking at the pictures of interesting foods. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Bklynmak
First had Tapas in Spain and the small portions with variety is great. The cookbook is okay but nothing spectacular.Published on July 14, 2013 by Mary B
Joyce Goldstein is one of the few truly prolific cookbook authors.....with books that stand out for quality, taste, and insight. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Intrepid